Software Rhythm Composer

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The Return of an Underground Classic

The TR-606 Software Rhythm Composer is a detailed replica of the TR-606 Drumatix—an underground classic in the famous TR family of rhythm machines. The software version has the same sound and behavior of the original, plus powerful new features that virtually modify the circuitry for more sound choices and faster, more fluid programming.

TR Drums for Everyone

The TR-606 was a programmable drum machine released in 1981. Originally designed as a companion to the TB-303 Bass Line, its size, price, and ease of use lowered the bar for quality music production, making it accessible to just about anyone.

The Indie Alternative

The punchy midrange kicks, popping toms, and sizzling hi-hats were a hit with DIY musicians and appear across an array of genres, from ‘80s new wave and punk to electronic styles. It’s the backbone of numerous classic tracks, and musicians continue to seek out the TR-606 for its alternative approach to the Roland TR sound.

Plug In Your Own TR-606

Original TR-606 units are increasingly hard to find and sell for significant sums on the used market. Using our proprietary ACB (Analog Circuit Behavior) technology, we’ve painstakingly recreated the original analog circuits that are the essence of the TR-606’s sound. Our plug-in sounds identical to the original TR-606—with all its nuance and detail—while adding new features that greatly expand its sound and creative capabilities for modern musicians and producers:

  • Tuning and decay on each instrument, plus the ability to overdrive the internal circuitry for fat and gritty new sounds
  • The classic TR-606 step sequencer, expanded with lanes for each sound to enable faster and more fluid programming
  • Each pattern has eight variations for evolving sequences that keep things interesting
  • Drag and drop audio or MIDI patterns from the plug-in directly into a project
  • Adjustable flams, sub-steps, and soft hits for creating detailed fills and ratcheted sequences
  • Each instrument has its own “last step” and shuffle settings, so you can play with timing, experiment with complex meters, and dial in just the right groove
Hardware Integration

The TR-606 plug-in integrates seamlessly with our TR-8S Rhythm Performer and Roland Boutique TR-06 hardware instruments. Transfer patterns from the TR-8S to the TR-606 plug-in, or create beats in your DAW and send them back to the hardware for live performance. And with its pre-mapped controls, you can use the TR-06 for hands-on operation of the plug-in.

Join Roland Cloud today for the raucous sound of the TR-606, along with a host of other legendary Roland instruments. Curious to hear what came before the TR-606? Check out its equally influential siblings and dance music staples, the TR-808 and TR-909.

Maximum Polyphony
7 voices
Sampling Frequency
44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 88.2 kHz, 96 kHz, 176.4 kHz, 192 kHz
Step Sequencer
7 instrument parts
16 steps per 1 measure
8 (A - H) variations per 1 pattern
INST tone
Memories per bank
128 patterns
128 memories
*User can make new user banks.
Plug-In Formats
VSTi 3.6 (64 bit)
System Requirements (Mac OS)
Operating System:
macOS 10.14
macOS 10.15
macOS 11
Host Application
VST instruments (VSTi) version: VST 3.6 compatible
Audio Units (AU) version: Audio Units V2 compatible
AAX Compatible
Intel® Core™ i5 or better
Apple M1 chip
2 GB or more
Hard Disk
400 MB or more
Display Resolution and Colors
1280 x 800 dots or higher, 16.7 million colors or more
You’ll need Internet connectivity to authenticate this software.
System Requirements (Windows®)
Operating System
Microsoft® Windows® 8.1 (64-bit)
Microsoft® Windows® 10 (64-bit)

*This does not work with the Windows® RT.
*This does not work with the Windows® Phone.
*This does not work on the virtual machines such as Hyper-V, Virtual PC, or Boot Camp.
Host Application
VST instruments (VSTi) version: VST 3.6 compatible
AAX Compatible
Intel® Core™ i5 or better
2 GB or more
Hard Disk
400 MB or more
Display Resolution and Colors
1280 x 800 dots or higher, 24 bits Full Color or more
You’ll need Internet connectivity to authenticate this software.
* Although Roland has tested numerous configurations, and has determined that on average, a computer system similar to that described above will permit normal operation of the TR-606 Software Rhythm Composer, Roland cannot guarantee that a given computer can be used satisfactorily with the TR-606 Software Rhythm Composer based solely on the fact that it meets the above requirements. This is because there are too many other variables that may influence the processing environment, including differences in motherboard design and the particular combination of other devices involved.
Microsoft Windows is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.
VST is a trademark and software of Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH.
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